State officials prioritize canal piping in central Oregon
Posted October 11
BEND, Ore. — Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., is looking to move forward efforts to install pipe systems in Central Oregon canals in order to move water more efficiently.
The Bulletin reports (https://is.gd/kCyAnt ) that at a meeting with local irrigation district and environmental group representatives in Bend, Merkley said adequate water supply is critical for the area's agriculture industry.
Merkley is looking to advance three pieces of legislation in Congress that could help provide funds for irrigation districts to use for piping projects: an energy and water appropriations act, an agriculture appropriations act and the Water Resources Development Act.
Piping projects insulate water that is currently in open canals, conserving the water and getting it to producers more quickly.